Wyandotte County is home to a broad range of diverse industries!
Numerous businesses have found working with the county to be extremely progressive and beneficial to all sides, being creative in meeting corporate goals while ensuring community needs are met. As a result, new development and redevelopment projects are occurring in logistics, industrial, and manufacturing districts. Companies like General Motors, Kellogg’s, Kraft Tank, Plastic Omnium, CertainTeed and Dairy Farmers of America call Wyandotte County home.
The following are examples of businesses experiencing success in Wyandotte County:
Food and Agribusiness
American Royal is in negotiations to develop a $200 million complex just to the northwest of the Kansas Speedway.
The Brill plant in Bonner Springs produces approximately 300 million muffins annually in 123 varieties for companies like Walmart.
Dairy Farmers of America built their 100,000 square foot headquarters in Kansas City, KS in 2015. DFA is the largest milk marketing cooperative with more than 18,000 members.
65% of all Cheez-Its are produced at the Kansas City, KS Kellogg’s plant. They have 80 different kinds of Cheez-Its (all flavors) and Town House (Flipsides, Pretzel Thins and Flatbread).
In the Kansas City, KS location, Tippin’s bakes more than 3 million pies each year to serve grocery stores in 16 states.
The University of Kansas Health System in the 39th and Rainbow area of Kansas City, Kansas continues to grow through the construction of the 92-bed Cambridge North Patient Tower. This seven story, 377,000 square-foot facility was completed in 2017. The new patient tower is a $330 million investment, adding 700 new jobs to Wyandotte County.
KU Medical Center and the 39th and Rainbow area continues to grow following the construction of a $75 million dollar, 171,000 square foot Education Center. This Education Center has increased the number of students trained in Kansas City, Kansas. The Education Center opened in 2017.
Providence Medical Center, located in thriving Western Wyandotte County near the Legends and I-435, is a community hospital affiliated with Prime Healthcare. Providence is also associated with Saint John Hospital, located in Leavenworth, Kan. More than 1,300 skilled and qualified individuals provide nursing, medical and support services at both locations. The dedicated and experienced staff, along with 275-plus devoted volunteers, serves the health needs of Wyandotte, Leavenworth and northern Johnson counties and surrounding areas by providing expert care, close to home.
Amazon announced plans to create a new fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kansas, as part of a $210 million capital investment in the state.
Urban Outfitters recently committed to a $403 million project for an 880,000 square foot distribution facility creating 2,000 jobs.
Old Dominion announced their relocation within Wyandotte County to Bonner Springs. The 155,000 square foot cross dock facility is a $45 million investment and will be located at the intersection of Interstate 70 & Kansas 7 Highway.
A new diverging diamond has been constructed at Turner Diagonal, opening up 300 acres of land for a nearly $150 million economic development investment, totaling nearly 3 million square feet across eight buildings.
There are over 250+ manufacturers across more than 15 industries in Wyandotte County. Products range from food, equipment, automotive, chemicals, textiles and more! The Fairfax District is a manufacturing hub home to more than 110 businesses, employing more than 10,000 individuals. Through growth and transformation as a result of partnerships, Fairfax has had more than $876.9 million in new investments over a three-year period.
Manufacturers in the county include:
Central Solutions produces personal hygiene and infection control products for the healthcare field.
General Motors assembles the Chevrolet Malibu and the Cadillac XT4 at the Fairfax Assembly Plant in KCK. Among their investments is a $600 million paint shop.
Herff Jones is the leading provider of graduation and recognition products and services designed to inspire student achievement. Their products include class rings, graduation regalia, jewelry and yearbooks, as well as motivation and recognition tools and resources.
Knit-Rite, Inc. is a leading designer, marketer and manufacturer of innovative textiles for medical and consumer markets. For 90 years, they have manufactured medical textile solutions that promote mobility, protection, and comfort.
Plastic Packaging Technologies is an industry leader in flexible packaging. They manufacture the packaging needs of hundreds of national food, medical, pet care and specialty brands.
Village West is a destination retail and entertainment district that encompasses more than 400 acres of shopping, living, dining and entertainment options that you won’t find anywhere else in the Kansas City area.
The new U.S. Soccer Training Facility is making Wyandotte County into the soccer capital of the world. The 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art indoor facility is projected to have an economic impact of a billion dollars in Wyandotte County and the State of Kansas over the next 30 years.
The Merc Co+op signed an expansion agreement with the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas/Wyandotte County (UG) to open its second location, a 14,000 square foot grocery store at 5th & Minnesota in downtown KCK. The site is located in a catalyst block of the Downtown Master Plan and the UG has demonstrated how much they value creating access to healthy food by funding all of the estimated $7 million construction, equipment, fixtures and furnishings.
Wyandotte County is the top tourism destination in Kansas, with more than 10 million visitors per year. NASCAR fans come to the Kansas Speedway, which also hosts the American Royal World Series of Barbeque. Soccer fans watch MLS’ Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park next door. Baseball enthusiasts come to Legends FIeld for the Kansas City Monarchs and concert goers have access to the world's best performers at Azura Amphitheater. With a short drive into Missouri, fans can attend Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs games.
Residential & Multifamily Development
The Boulevard Lofts are new, affordable apartments in Kansas City, Kansas, with move-ins beginning in the summer of 2021. They are the first new apartments built in downtown Kansas City in 30 years.
United Lanier and the Unified Government are working on a project to demolish the Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kansas and replace it with a new 15,016 square-foot Reardon Center residential building. The mixed-use building will include 94 market-rate apartments, meeting space and 12,000 square feet of retail and athletic space on the ground floor, as well as athletic fields on the surrounding grounds.